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Recommended listening (and reading)

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Recommended listening (and reading)

One for linguistics enthusiasts: a truly fascinating interview today on Excess Baggage travel program with Daniel Everett, Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University, US. Everett travelled to the Brazilian Amazon to live with the Piraha people, and In this interview he shares his experiences of living with the Pirahas and what [&hellip

The changing face of America

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The changing face of America

Surprising news today from the US Census Bureau that Hispanics will account for 30% of the US population by 2050, a twofold increase. According BBC News: White people of European descent will no longer make up a majority of the US population by the year 2042 – eight years sooner than previous estimates. What will [&hellip

Is ‘text speak’ really so bad?

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Is ‘text speak’ really so bad?

Linguistic doom-mongers frequently lament the demise of the English language, complaining that standards are just not what they used to be, that kids these days simply don’t have a grasp of how to use language correctly, lack creativity, etc., etc. Human nature appears to have a natural tendency to assume that things gradually get worse, [&hellip

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